Demudi Linux

Thanks to 64 studio for the screen shot.

Is Linux ready for prime time ? It seems the answer is yes. For those of you who are brave enough.

Recently I got fed up with Xp and Vista was/is still nowhere to be seen, so I decided to try Linux again. It seems every few years I load a distro (release) to see how it’s coming. Well this time I put in “Linux for audio” in Google and came up with Demudi Linux a free -yes free download . I burnt a bootable disc from the iso file and loaded Demudi. It was not all fun and games . My first copy would not load and almost exploded in my new plextor. I burnt a second copy which worked better and was able to format the hard disc in ext3 file system and bang Demudi came on. An old fm radio from the 70’s appears with your log on screen. It was very cool and loaded with audio apps.It’s background for the desktop is a record and needle implying a Dj friendly OS.

What discouraged me in the past was Linux’s problem with hardware (we really take that for granted under XP and OSX). Normally I have a problem with the mouse or the video drivers- well this time that was not the case. The only hardware issue I had after install was…no audio on an audio workstation .Doh! I could not get the AC97 onboard audio to work ,I could not get my M-audio revolution card to work either. I put an old sound blaster card in there and finally got it going on… after that I got some confidence and installed my multi channel sound card from Maudio the delta 1010. Most everything I was able to get to work on the sound blaster, I was able to get to work on the delta 1010. I lost one synth plug in, which was never to strong to begin with, but it sounded cool- when it worked.

I was also able to get midi going on with the most excellent Hydrogen drum machine a very easy to use, great sounding drum module, similar to Steinbergs lm 4 etc. Audacity (another winner) is a poor mans Wavelab/Soundforge, it works pretty good. The included K3B CD/DVD burning software is the most simple effortless burning software I have ever used.I was able to burn a CD of wave files- no prob . I was also able to multitrack in Ardour- Linux’s Pro-tools/Cubase/Cakewalk/Sonar alternative . I have a few issues with that one, like the cursor won’t work right, but more importantly it sees all my audio ins and outs on the soundcard .

Jack- Demudi’s audio connection panel is a little confusing ,but as long as it’s running most apps can access the sound card. Not to shabby for free.

Would I track a band in it? Probably not yet, but I have only had it running a few days.

Would I use it for a rocking free drum machine or media server or for surfing? You betcha.

Three groups are trying very hard to make this fly and I’m behind them 1000% Agnula(Demudi)- Alsa (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture)-the 64 studio guys and probably many others I have not discoved yet. I never realized how far these pioneers had come to bring high end 32/64 bit audio to Linux .

I love Linux’s guilt free- cash free approach.. I realize I have just scratched the surface of all this……. while writing this(checking spelling etc.) I found a bunch of drivers for onboard AC97 soundcards on Amd’s site and some Delta 1010 drivers on the Alsa site.I have no idea how to install them or even see if I have some of them installed already- I can see I have my work cut out for me .

It’s not the turn the key experience like Windows or Mac, but it’s getting damn close.

Not for the squeamish though.

Look for my reviews of XP pro x64(Windows) – I have it loaded, but have not tracked with it yet.

Also look for my review of 64 studio(Linux)-if I can load it-a fully 64bit OS for Pc. Thanks for reading , Ray

April 06 newsletter

Pet veeve’s
Let me start off with a follow up on an embarrassing situation.
Last month I discussed the Rma return of an Asus k8v se deluxe motherboard.
I received the replacement board -installed it and got the same error- a cmos real time clock error.
After some head scratching it dawned on me that the only time the motherboard produced the error or any error for that matter was after I ran the test software.
The test had created the problem….there was absolutely nothing wrong with the motherboard or the motherboard I originally sent back to have Rma’ed.
What would happen was when you ran the hardware test it would pass the first two or three passes than would fail and eventually reset the date in the bios.
The test was randomly writing information to the limited amount of memory allocated for bios info such as the date etc.
Originally when the board failed or I thought it failed ,I bought a Gigabyte board to replace it. That board really did have a problem ..an intermittent boot problem.
Months went by of testing hardware, buying new parts, swapping parts ,etc.
I thought maybe the case had a ground issue.
What a nightmare all because I was trying to be thorough in my diagnostics.
Thank God the customer was a friend if mine and wasn’t upset at how long this was taking.
I upgraded the processor, and memory for him so all this was not for nothing .
Well the computer is up and running and I figure this little exercise in computer building cost me $1500.00 in parts and time, maybe more ,now that I think of it.
I have a saying” computer building is not for the squeamish”.
Sure all you need is a Phillips screwdriver ,but you can do a lot of damage with one of those.
Gigabyte said they replaced the bios chip on the board and that it was repaired,but it looks like the same chip to me with a new sticker on it.I have yet to test it.

I also finally got a response from Abit on the board that had leaky caps(class action lawsuit) they said my model was discontinued, but offered me a choice of 9 different boards to chose from four Amd socket A’s or five early p4 boards.
Kinda neat… I get to shop without it costing me any money.
Abit was forced to do this, but they are taking responsibility for their products.

Just one more thing this month…. Intel’s new marketing slogan is V I I V, some magazines said it rhymes with” peeve” other magazines said it rhymes with” thrive”.
My uncle pointed out the obvious that I missed, they are roman numerals ,it’s pronounced 64.
Well I’ve never been the brightest bulb on the tree.
Enjoy the spring .Ray2